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Water Conservation Rebate Program

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The 2019 Residential Water Conservation Rebate Program starts on May 1, 2019.  All approved rebate items purchased from January 1st, 2019 onward that fall under the program requirements are eligible!  

The program is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis until the fund is fully depleted. Your rebate will be reflected on your Town of Okotoks bimonthly Utility Account.

Why does the Town offer a Water Conservation Rebate Program?

The Town of Okotoks is offering a water conservation rebate program to incentivize and reward residents for their efforts towards water conservation. Reducing water consumption is critical for Okotoks, as our community’s demand for water peaks during the summer months when the Sheep River aquifer provides the least resources.

For questions regarding the program please email Environment and Sustainability or call 403-995-6316.

Who qualifies for the rebate program?

Rebates are available for Town of Okotoks water utility customers (residential property owners, and renters) who are connected to the Town’s water distribution system.

How is my application monitored?

Rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis as applications are received (date stamped) and processed by Town staff in a timely manner.

How much of the rebate funds do I qualify for every year?

Total rebate amount for each household will not exceed a total $200 (excluding the Rainwater Harvesting System and the Xeriscape Project) for every calendar year.

How will I receive my rebate funds?

Rebate funds are provided as a credit through the Town of Okotoks bi-monthly utility bill (cheque provided to renters).

Can I claim delivery or shipping fees and GST on my rebate application?

No, shipping and delivery costs and GST are not included in rebate. Installation is also not included, except where noted.

What will I need to provide to the Town in order to receive the rebate funds?

Proof of purchase in the form of a receipt or paid invoice is required. Several items require additional specification information or photos with the application form.

Remember, only fully completed applications will be processed. If you are experiencing any issues, give us a call!

If I apply once this summer and don't use the full $200, can I apply again if I make more purchases this year?

Yes! Residents may apply more than once, until the $200 maximum for your household has been reached.

Qualifying items

Rebate amount is up to a maximum total of $200 per household for approved water conservation purchases.

*Please note that 2017 was the final year for a rebate on a WaterSense certified high efficiency low flow toilet and will not be offered this year.

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Water timer

 

NEW!

Outdoor water timer that attaches to an outdoor garden hose and is programmable to automatically shut off the water flow at end of programmed watering period.

Note: Follow watering schedule when using water timer. Please monitor the time needed to sufficiently water turf as it requires only 1 inch of water per week to thrive.

A 50% rebate for total cost of purchase up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household.

GeneralAire WaterSavor controller for flow-through humidifier system

 

NEW!

Rebate for the installation and cost of a GeneralAire WaterSavor controller that is installed on a flow-through humidifier system.

Note: Installation must be done by a professional. Product spec sheet must be attached to form.

At this time, the GeneralAire WaterSavor is the only humidifier controller available that meets the Town of Okotoks water conservation requirements.

A 50% rebate for total cost of purchase and installation up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household.

Drought Tolerant Ground Cover or Turf

Drought tolerant grass seed, sod and hydro-seed are eligible for the rebate program if they are TWCA-certified and/or composition consists of less than 30% of Kentucky Blue Grass.

Note: Proof of composition required. Please provide ingredients section of the bag or provide a product composition list from the supplier.

A 50% rebate for total cost of purchase up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household.

Organic and Inorganic Mulch

 

All forms of organic and inorganic mulch that are used for landscaping/ground cover:

Organic examples: bark shavings, nuggets, wood chips mixes

Inorganic examples: rock mixes, shale

New requirement: Please include a photo of mulched area after it is added to your yard.

Note: The purpose of the mulch must be to provide groundcover in areas that may normally be turf, to reduce a need for water. Does not include mulch for areas under structures. Mulch must be permeable; non-permeable surfaces such as pavers are not accepted.

A 50% rebate for total cost of purchase up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household.

Rain Barrels

Residential or commercial rain barrel, any type.

A 50% rebate per rain barrel up to a maximum of $50/barrel. Maximum of $200/household.

Rain Sensor and/or  WaterSense® labelled irrigation controller

 

Rebate provided for the installation of a rain sensor that suspends the irrigation schedule during a rain event and/or WaterSense® labelled irrigation controller. Sensors/contollers purchased for new or existing irrigation systems are eligible.

Note: Installation must be done by a professional irrigation contractor. Product spec sheet must be attached to form.

A 50% rebate for total cost of purchase up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household.

Drought Tolerant Plants, Shrubs, and Trees

 

Plants added!!

 

 

Rebates provided for approved drought tolerant and deer resistant perennial plants, shrubs, and trees.

Only items listed on the drought tolerant plant list will be eligible for rebate. Plants going into pots/containers are not eligible.

APPROVED PLANT LIST

Note: Picture of plant and highly visible plant identifier tag/label, and picture(s) of garden areas after planting must be submitted (pots/planters excluded from rebate). Mulch must be added around new plants and shown in ‘after picture’ for rebate to be awarded.

A 50% rebate per plant item up to a maximum of $200 per household.

Residential Rainwater Harvesting System

Rebate for systems that include larger residential scaled tank systems/cisterns that collect a minimum of 4,546 litres (1,000 gallons) of rainwater. Other collection system expenses such as transport piping, debris traps, filters, pumps and installation costs are eligible for rebate.

Note: Pre-approval from the Town required. Please contact Sustainability at 403.995.6316 or apply online.

Application cut off is September 1st.

A 50% rebate for total cost of installed rainwater harvesting system up to a maximum rebate of $750 per household.

Xeriscaping Project

LIMITED AVAILABILITY

 

 

Rebate provided for pre-approved xeriscaping project where a minimum of 500 ft² area becomes xeriscaped landscape and 50% of new xeriscape area is drought tolerant plants. Rebate includes soil amendment, turf removal, drought tolerant plants and mulch/ground cover. New and existing homes eligible.

Note: Pre-approval from the Town required. Up to 5 projects will be approved in 2019.  Project must be completed within 10 weeks of project pre-approval. Please complete online pre-approval application to secure a place on the list.

Application cut off is September 1st.

A 50% rebate for total cost of project up to a maximum of $1000 per household. Limited to 5 projects.

 
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Water Conservation Rebate Program application form:

Starting May 1, 2019, complete an online application form. Paper forms for the Water Conservation Rebate are available upon request at the Municipal Centre, starting May 1, 2019. Complete applications will be processed on the date received.

Include a sales receipt and any additional required documentation with your application form. Items purchased as of January 1, 2019 are eligible.

The below application form is for mulch (bark/rock), rain barrels, water timers, WaterSavor Controllers, drought tolerant ground cover and plants, rain sensors, and irrigation controllers.

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Xeriscape Project and Rainwater Harvesting System Pre-approval Application Forms:

Pre-approval from the Town is required for the following 2 rebate items. Please contact Sustainability at 403.995.6316 or apply online. The application cut off for these 2 items is September 1, 2019.

Note: All Xeriscape Project pre-applications are currently going on a waiting list for 2019 as the program is full. If you are not contacted this year, please apply again next year.

Xeriscape Rebate

The xeriscape rebate program is closed for 2019. 

What is Xeriscaping?

Xeriscaping means water-wise or water-efficient landscaping. It involves choosing plants that are appropriate to dry climates and providing healthy growing conditions.  Xeriscaping creates an environmentally friendly and beautiful landscape that can be maintained with little or no supplementary watering once plants are established.

The word ‘xeriscape’ might bring a picture of a desert-like landscape or a rock garden to mind but a xeriscape landscape can be beautiful, lush, and green.  The combination of thoughtful landscape design, good soil, well placed trees, shrubs, and perennials, and a thick layer of mulch will yield a low-maintenance and eye-appealing yard.

Steps to the Xeriscape Rebate Program

  1. Fill out the Xeriscape Project pre-application form. Only 5 rebates of $1,000 are available this year.  

  2. The first five applicants will be called by a Town staff member in order to book a preliminary yard inspection. Please note that applicants have 10 weeks to complete the project from the time of pre-approval/inspection.

  3. The xeriscaping project must be a minimum of 500 ft² in area and 50% of the new xeriscape area must consist of drought tolerant plants. The landscaping company must provide a landscape plan that shows the mature size of the chosen plants.

Note: A fully xeriscaped front yard project area under 500 ft² would be considered; Mature plant size is considered for the 50% xeriscape area qualification.

  1. Pre-inspection: A pre-inspection of the site will be done to ensure that the intended xeriscape project meets the specifications laid out by the Town.
  2. Consult the Xeriscape Project checklist (given to applicant) for next steps.
  3. Develop a landscape design.
  4. Book a meeting with Planning Services to ensure bylaw compliance.
  5. Finalize the landscape design and submit to Planning Services. This step should be done within 2 weeks of the initial meeting with the Town representative.
  6. After approval is received, start your project!
  7. Items eligible for the rebate are: drought tolerant/deer resistant plants (see Drought Tolerant Plant List), soil amendment, mulch, turf removal, and rockery.
  8. Please keep receipts for all of these items. Because of how plants are itemized on receipts, please highlight purchased plants (pot-sizes and quantities) on receipt. 
  9. Please note that a mulch depth of 2 inches over entire xeriscape area, and a depth of 4 inches around tree and root area is mandatory for this rebate program. Ensure that mulch is not touching the trunk of the tree, but is 3-4 inches away from trunk.
  10. Book post-inspection with Environment and Sustainability staff member.
  11. Complete online rebate application.
  12. Once the completed project is approved, your rebate cheque will be mailed to you.

* Xeriscaping Pilot rebate does not include artificial turf, concrete, pathways, arbors, pergolas, or decking.

Why is creating a xeriscape landscape important? 

With growing demands on water supply and potential droughts, it is everyone’s responsibility to rethink appropriate water use. As up to 30% of summer residential water is utilized on lawns and gardens, xeriscaping can play a significant role in reducing potable (treated) water consumption. By using less water in yards, we ensure that there will always be enough potable water for basic use in our homes.

Xeriscaping does not mean adding drought tolerant plants to existing garden spaces.  Xeriscaping includes removing a large area of turf, like a front yard lawn, and replacing it with native and/or drought tolerant plants.  It includes amending the soil depth and quality, so that plants will thrive in dry conditions, and adding a thick layer of mulch so that moisture doesn’t evaporate. The goal of a xeriscape landscape is to have a yard space that is self-sufficient, low-maintenance, and beautiful.

Water Savor Contoller

GenernalAire Water Savor™ Controller FAQs

 

What is the Water Savor™ controller?

The Water Savor™ controller is a unit that attaches to a flow-through humidifier system found on a home’s furnace. The controller conserves the amount of water the system uses while still meeting a home’s humidity needs (as recommended by Health Canada).

How does it work?

The Water Savor™ powers on when the humidifier needs water. In a traditional humidifier, water runs continually through the system until the set humidity level is reached. The Water Savor™ controller senses and delivers only the amount of water needed, avoiding excessive water use.

How much water can it save?

Using a Water Savor™ controller can reduce humidifier water use by at least 50% and up to 90%.

The Water Savor™ controller can be installed on any model/brand of flow-through humidifier. In order to qualify for the Water Conservation Rebate Program it needs to be installed by a professional.